I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday [Bear Family]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The only earthly reason for making this two-CD set an oversized box, as opposed to a small double jewel box, was so that the booklet could accommodate the notes and photos -- but it adds nothing to the retail cost, and the booklet is pretty cool. The 47 tracks here cover Mitchell's entire recording career through 1964, on the Imperial, Sho-Biz, Ron, and Rip labels, all in surprisingly consistent sound given the age and varied sources of the recordings. The early tracks, Mitchell and the Toppers' first sessions from 1953, are a little crude, as was typical of R&B from this era -- though the singing and playing overcome this inherent difficulty. By the time of their 1954 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The only earthly reason for making this two-CD set an oversized box, as opposed to a small double jewel box, was so that the booklet could accommodate the notes and photos -- but it adds nothing to the retail cost, and the booklet is pretty cool. The 47 tracks here cover Mitchell's entire recording career through 1964, on the Imperial, Sho-Biz, Ron, and Rip labels, all in surprisingly consistent sound given the age and varied sources of the recordings. The early tracks, Mitchell and the Toppers' first sessions from 1953, are a little crude, as was typical of R&B from this era -- though the singing and playing overcome this inherent difficulty. By the time of their 1954 sessions, the group and their recordings are rather more sophisticated, and Mitchell's vocals are more confident as well. Disc Two covers the second half of Mitchell's career with Imperial, including the classic "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday." The four songs that Mitchell cut for Imperial on his brief return in 1962 show him working in an Arthur Alexander-type mode, doing slow romantic ballads extremely effectively. But the real jewels on Disc Two are the songs Mitchell cut with Dr. John on the Sho-Biz and Ron labels, which include a raft of dazzling, soulful rockers. If anything, these rock harder than the Imperial sides, and Mitchell sounds more comfortable, with an arrangement, backing band, and tempos more suited to his strengths as a singer, stretching out and finally finding a voice and sound completely his own. Those tracks and some unreleased numbers deserved hit status, and why they failed, apart from the modest resources of the labels they were done for, is anyone's guess. The box concludes with Mitchell's answer song to his second biggest hit, "I Don't Want to Be a Wheel No More," and his towering 1963 single "Walking in Circles" -- lushly scored for a full band and chorus, Mitchell's voice in these surroundings soars to majestic new heights of soulfulness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1997
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127159618
  • Catalog Number: 15961
  • Sales rank: 191,919

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Mitchell Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Paul Gayten Piano
Lee Allen Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Bo Piano
Dave Bartholomew Trumpet
George Davis Bass
Justin Adams Guitar
Leroy Breaux Drums
Willie Bridges Vocals
Joseph Butler Vocals
Cornelius Coleman Drums
Fats Domino Piano
Wendell DuConge Alto Saxophone
Frank Fields Bass
Gabriel Flemming Piano
Clarence Ford Baritone Saxophone
Edward Frank Piano
Herb Hardesty Tenor Saxophone
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Trombone
Ernest McLean Guitar
Roy Montrell Guitar
Walter Nelson Guitar
Earl Palmer Drums
Alvin "Red" Tyler Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Mac Rebennack Guitar, Piano
Charles "Hungry" Williams Drums
Frank Bocage Vocals
Lloyd Bellaire Vocals
Justin Adams Guitar
Eddie King Trombone, Vocals
Earl Farrol Baritone Saxophone
Southern Belles Vocals
Technical Credits
Eddie Bo Composer
James Brown Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer, Producer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Joseph Butler Composer
Walter DeVenne Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Mastering, Tape Comparison
Fats Domino Composer
Frank Zappa Composer
Jeff Hannusch Illustrations
Roy Hayes Composer, Illustrations
Bobby Mitchell Composer
George Price Composer
Stevie Ray Vaughan Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Richard Ihnaton Wiez Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Mac Rebennack Arranger, Producer
Jon Broven Liner Notes
Jimmy D. Lane Composer
Eddie Jones Composer
Michael Ochs Illustrations
Rick Coleman Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Biographical Information
Richard Weize Producer, Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Dr. Frank Composer
Sylke Holtrop Artwork, Illustrations
Frank Bocage Illustrations
Lloyd Bellaire Composer, Illustrations
Benny Davis Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Adolph Smith Composer
Traditional Composer
Marcie Mitchell Composer
Ed Muniz Composer
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